Hot Takes


This is a list of all the near-rants that I could have written, but I didn’t.

  • The Novus Ordo in Latin shows the continuity of V2 with everything else and this is why people don’t like it.
  • Catholic Trad is beautiful. Tradnuts, however, are a Roman Parallel to what we used to call in Orthodoxy “Uber-Frum” and seem a side symptom of Convertitis.
  • Even cradles catch it from hanging out with converts
  • Catholic Convertitis is (like in Orthodoxy) a bad hangover from American Protestantism
  • American Opposition to Pope Francis is Crypto Sede
  • Catholic Twitter is filled with Cryptotrads who don’t self-identify for fear of being looped in with Tradnuts.
  • Saying the Pope should not speak on matters of environment, economics, politics, military, or sexual issues (as if they were not properly issues of Christian teaching and morality) is a species of Manicheanism.
  • The Pope can talk about environmental, economic, political, military, and sexual issues and that makes them de facto and de jure matters of faith and morals. He could, theoretically, speak ex cathedra on any of them in an infallible manner
    • I tweeted this hot take.
  • All Catholics would have to accept them
  • Most Americans wouldn’t, and it would damn us all to hell
  • The Amazon Synod is valid
  • It’s NOT an attack on Celibacy
  • Only anyone who spends too much time listening to talking heads rather than reading theology will disagree
  • Talking heads should be shot for Crypto Sede
  • Orthodox Patriarchs are not the same as the Pope, the Ecumenical Patriarch is not the Orthodox Pope, and Orthodox Patriarchs play politics better than Catholic Bishops.
  • Liturgy in a tongue no one speaks is not, doesn’t have to be, but often is used as an excuse for Gnosticism.

There will be more of this, but this is the end of my ranting for now.

Author: Huw Richardson

I'm no Benedictine, but I'm too old for the Franciscans. I'm in the process of moving servers... so trying to keep both of my "linked sites" in sync until there's only one. There can be only one. Huw Richardson was born in Atlanta under a different name about 55 years ago. I never knew my father nor any of his kin. I’ve lived all over: I was never in the same house for 3 Christmases until I was over 40. I’ve not yet made it to 4. Rootlessness seems to be a way of life and every time I think I’m about to root, it ends up not happening. Yet I’ve made some amazing friends online. I’ve met some awesome people all over the world. I’ve met religious leaders and heads of state and famous movie stars. I’ve also managed to be debt-free. I’ve stood on the Hill of Tara and touched the Lia Fail. It did not cry out. I’ve kissed the Blarney Stone as well, if you can’t guess. I have illicitly touched ancient, holy statues to see if anything would happen and I have never used flash photography when I should not have. I’ve been a bookseller, a call center drone, a trainer, a convert, a preacher, a monk, a planter, a secretary, a writer, and an activist. My patron is Blessed Stanley Rother. When I’m in trouble, he’s got my back. He prays for me, along with St Rose of Lima, St. Catherine of Siena, St John Henry Newman, Bl Fulton J Sheen, and Bl. William Richardson. I’m a Dominican Tertiary and a member of Courage International. This is home: I’ve found my roots by using my wings. What’s next? I don’t know. Part of me wants to just pick out a camper and gig my way around the world. Part of me wants to own a pub in Ireland and feed my soul with good music until forever. Part of me has always taught. Some part of me dances whenever the moon is full. Another part of me kneels in awe in the darkness as all the stars spin but the cross stands still.